I do not know exactly what happened or when but know that for a while now front end has been giving me problems with shaking violently including shaking the steering wheel mainly at speeds around 50 to 60 being the worse while not as bad at others. There has to be many of these cars having the same problem if there is a waiting list for the part. I was terrified and went outside to check my transmission fluid. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone. It had almost 200K miles and I decided not to fix it. Buyers beware if looking at a used one. It was surging and changing gears as I was going slowing through town every so often.
After replacing that item, a slight knocking could be heard. Then all of a sudden the engine rpms shot up for a few seconds and then returned to normal. By visiting many Nissan owner forums and internet search engines, this is a wide spread problem for Nissan owners. Reports of this problem happen as early as 60,000 miles, but the sweet spot appears to be around 110,000 miles. I felt since they clearly had a design flaw in the radiator hose connection that could cause the transmission to give out and be dangerous it should have been a recall issue. The good review said you expect as the last run they would get all the bugs out and problems out.
I would also pull all connectors apart and put some di-electric grease in there and re-connect. It would do this for 3-5 seconds as I sped up or slowed down. I previously owned a 2006 Xterra, 6 speed manual trans. A few miles later it did it again. The repair cost was still an economic burden.
I had a Nissan Xterra couple years back 2004 and it performed great. It's also no picnic to get off, but it's much easier than the rear main seal. But got new fuel pump, water pump, motor mount, gaskets hoses and clamps. Around 15k miles the timing chain failed and failed another 4 times before being repaired. The vehicle was purchased new and was regularly maintained. My only complaint is the paint crazing on the hood. Regardless, it didn't apply to me because I was at 82k miles.
This happened when my Xterra only had 110,970 miles and with no warning at all. So I knew what it could do! I've searched but can't find anything on a surge that increases the rpms. I was told by the Nissan dealership that there was a leak between my radiator and transmission. I took the car back to the dealership who took good care of me and let me exchange the Xterra for something more reliable. I may have to find a new car to love sooner than I want. Probably a few more parts few months later and thousands of my retirement funds, it ran okay for a while.
They replaced the radiator and cleaned up the system. I took it to my mechanic. I have also had dealers switch new parts off my car and replace with a part from some old car. About a month ago at 40k miles the clutch started slipping. I am about to go and attempt to use cherry picker to support body weight as I jack frame up leaving no pressure on front suspension. Xterra was fine until recently. How Nissan didn't provide a recall for this problem is beyond me.
Is it possible that since the transmission has been drained that it just doesn't turn anymore? This is a dirty little company secret. I have put only around 250 miles since the transmission flush. The engine hesitates at apprx 4o miles an hour, one of these days I am afraid I will be hit from behind when I step on the gas and it does not go. Since the local service people do not know what it might be - I would like someone from corporate who may have a greater knowledge of this issue contact me with what it might be. Original review: May 18, 2017 Bought a used 2007 Nissan Xterra in August 2016 with 127,000 mi. I couldn't even drive it before. I'm into restoring older cars and need some help with these computer ridden cars, so is why I joined this forum.
I was able to provide the paperwork and they still have not agreed to cover it under the warranty. I looked online and I read regarding the Milkshake of Death! It did develop a leak in the pipe at the firewall from the radiator - easy fix. If you do not use 4wd too often then try this old trick. Original review: April 7, 2017 I like many other Xterra owners got screwed by Nissan. My daughter's 2001 Xterra 4x2 with 4 speed automatic transmission recently had a head gasket failure near 5 cyl.
I'm hoping the radiator is not connected to the trans in a manual as it is automatics. All other things done on it have been general maintenance. I love the car, but all of the repairs, including the part causing coolant to enter the transmission, are a constant source of emotional and financial distress. Nevada dryer, cold weather seems to trigger the knock sensor and that triggers misfire, and this makes the car shake. The 2001 Xterra I own has been a great, fantastic suv, but other options won't keep me loyal to one or the other.
When the time comes that it dies, I would want another just like it. It doesn't seem like the internals of the Trans as much as electrical or computer to me? If you can find a good used, buy it. I have over 186,000 miles on it and bought it used with 149. A claim with Nissan corp. After reviewing my complaint they told me there was nothing they could do for me. The contact stated that while on an incline facing upward and when the vehicle was in drive it will rolled backwards. Nissan should replace radiators on all models effected and should replace transmissions in any vehicles that have had this failure.